Education Specialist (EdS) – Literacy (Online)

Education Specialist (EdS) – Literacy (Online)

Converse College Online Courses

The Education Specialist in Literacy degree prepares exemplary professionals to provide leadership in reading at local and state levels and is offered 100% online. It is designed to help students achieve their academic and career goals on their schedule. The online courses mimic the on-campus atmosphere by providing students with a learning environment in which they can collaborate and interact with the professor and their peers.

The Ed.S. in Literacy online program consists of 36 hours and includes courses dealing with the theories, methods and materials for reading, reading instruction, language, language instruction, reading assessment and diagnosis. The program fulfills a Master’s + 30 requirement and leads to the Literacy Teacher or Literacy Coach SC certification endorsement. The program may fulfill a Master’s + 30 designation and may lead to endorsements in literacy.

Education Specialist in Literacy Courses
EDU 516: Coaching for Literacy Education
EDU 522: Methods of Teaching Writing in the Content Areas
EDU 555: Diversity in the Classroom
EDU 612: Foundations in Reading
EDU 613: Instructional Strategies for Reading
EDU 614: Assessment Strategies for Reading
EDU 615: Teaching Instruction and Assessment for Diverse Learners
EDU 616: Advanced Studies in Literacy Coaching
EDU 617: Issues and Trends in Literacy Education
EDU 618: Advanced Studies in Content Literacy
EDU 619A: Theories and Designs in Action Research
EDU 619B: Action Research Implementation

Applicants must have the following:

  • A valid teacher’s certificate
  • Three years of teaching experience
  • An appropriate master’s degree for teaching at the elementary or secondary school level
  • A 3.0 GPA in their master’s degree from an accredited institution

For consideration of admission, the applicant should have the following credentials:

  • A completed online application, including the $40 application fee
  • Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts from all colleges attended
  • NTE/Praxis II scores
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • *A personal statement
  • Copy of teaching certificate

*Converse College’s founder, Dexter Edgar Converse, held the ideal that Converse students “may be enabled to see clearly, decide wisely, and to act justly.” Please write a personal statement, approximately 250-300 words in length, on how your personal goals as an educator tie with the Converse concept of The “Ideal” Educator. In keeping with the Honor Tradition at Converse, your essay must be entirely your own work. Please be specific on how Converse can help you become the “Ideal” Educator, taking special care to organize your essay clearly and proofread your work. The personal statement should be submitted as a part of the application or emailed to the Office of Graduate Admission.

Deadlines for Completed Application and Materials

  • July 15 (For Fall Admission)
  • December 15 (For Spring Admission)

*Converse Graduate Admission admits applicants on a rolling basis upon review of completed materials

Fee Cost
2020-2021 Tuition $416/credit hour
Term Access Fee $80 each Fall/Spring term; $50 each Jan/Summer term
Late Registration Fee $50/term
Graduation Fee $150

*Tuition and fees subject to change
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